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  • Tue, Feb. 10, 9:21 AM
  • Oct. 25, 2014, 3:24 PM
    • YELP has acquired Restaurant-kritik, a leading German restaurant reviews site, for an undisclosed sum. Restaurant-kritik claims 330K+ reviews for 94K+ restaurants.
    • Meanwhile, the parent company of popular Japanese restaurant review/guide site Tabelog has disclosed Yelp offered to buy Tabelog, and was turned down. Tabelog claims 5.82M reviews of nearly 790K Japanese restaurants.
    • News of both moves come in the wake of a post-earnings selloff caused by light Q4 guidance and slowing unique visitor growth. On its Q3 CC (transcript), Yelp noted international growth was affected by softer Google traffic, and suggested (when asked about slowing unique growth) the mobile shift was affecting PC traffic.
    • International monthly uniques totaled 30M in Q3, +40% Y/Y but -3% Q/Q. U.S. uniques totaled 109M, +22% Y/Y and +2% Q/Q. Mobile uniques still rose 46% Y/Y to 73M.
    • "Google obviously continues to make changes on their side both competitively and algorithmically," observed CEO Jeremy Stoppelman. Yelp has been one of several firms to harshly criticize Google's integration of its own content within search results, as well as an EU settlement that requires Google to prominently show content from rival sites, but doesn't stop it from also showing its own content. Eric Schmidt recently defended Google's policies.
  • Jun. 23, 2014, 1:16 PM
    • Sources tell dealReporter OpenTable (OPEN +0.1%) talked with bidders other than Priceline (PCLN -0.1%) before accepting the online travel giant's $2.6B bid.
    • Though a higher offer is seen as unlikely, one source thinks Yahoo (set to receive an Alibaba IPO windfall) could make a bid. OpenTable is currently 1.9% above Priceline's $103/share offer price.
    • Yelp (YELP +3.6%), which blasted off after Priceline/OpenTable was announced, is rallying again. Volatile restaurant deals microcap LiveDeal (LIVE +9.3%) is also up strongly.
    • Previous: Street commentary on Priceline/OpenTable
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  • Jul. 18, 2013, 5:59 PM
    Yelp (YELP) wants to take on OpenTable (OPEN): the local reviews leader is spending $12.7M (mostly in stock) to acquire SeatMe, owner of a Web/iPad reservation platform for restaurants and nightlife venues. Yelp notes it has ~1M U.S. business listings in the restaurant and nightlife categories, giving it plenty of reach to leverage SeatMe's platform. The announcement comes a week after Yelp launched a platform for taking orders and processing transactions, and two weeks after Groupon launched a high-end restaurant reservation service. OPEN -5.5% AH. YELP +1.4%.
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  • May. 21, 2013, 11:18 AM
    Food delivery websites Seamless and Grubhub will merge to create a company that could take the niche industry to the next level. Though online food ordering sites are a hodge-podge of various options, the Seamless-Grubhub combination could lead to an expansive national rollout and a dominant industry position in the space. Should Yelp (YELP +1.4%) or Open Table (OPEN +2.7%) be worried about the threat of expanded services from the new company?
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  • Oct. 24, 2012, 6:42 AM
    Yelp (YELP) snaps up European review site Qype in a deal slated to close in Q4. The $50M deal falls into the company's broad plan to push into new markets by adding relevant content for 13 different nations in Europe.
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  • Sep. 18, 2012, 12:05 PM
    Yahoo (YHOO) and Alibaba (ALBCF.PK) have officially closed their $7.6B share repurchase deal. Alibaba gets half of Yahoo's 40% stake back - it has the right to buy back half of the remainder if/when it IPOs - and Marissa Mayer now has $4.5B (post-tax) to potentially go acquisition-hunting with, following her decision to "review" plans to return the money to shareholders. Will Yelp (YELP) be in Mayer's crosshairs? Pinterest? Flipboard?
  • Aug. 20, 2012, 11:09 AM
    InterActiveCorp (IACI -0.3%) has bought Felix, a provider of local ad services, for a reported price of $30M. Felix, which gets paid by businesses when a "high quality" phone call is made, will be added IAC's CityGrid unit, which owns a stable of local content properties that includes Citysearch and restaurant app developer Urbanspoon. The purchase could be pressuring shares of Yelp (YELP -5.8%), which depends on local businesses for most of its ad revenue.
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  • Aug. 14, 2012, 1:43 PM
    Google's (GOOG) purchase of Frommer's reflects the search giant's recent tendency to acquire and develop the mobile/local solutions it needs, rather than rely on third parties, notes Larry Dignan. Whereas Apple (AAPL) has partnerships with Yelp, Facebook, and others, Google has proprietary offerings such as Zagat, Frommer's, Google+, and Google Wallet. Ryan Kim sees the acquisition as evidence local and travel content are converging - something that may work to the detriment of YELP and TRIP.
  • Aug. 10, 2012, 9:31 AM
    Yahoo (YHOO) -4.2% after its 10-Q bombshell, which suggests CEO Marissa Mayer might prefer to use some of the Alibaba proceeds to buy companies rather than Yahoo shares. The Street isn't pleased - BofA is downgrading to Hold - but Nicholas Carlson considers it necessary, given Yahoo's competitive woes and need for talent. He thinks popular (and richly-valued) names such as Yelp (YELP - a company Mayer wanted Google to buy), Pinterest, Quora, and Vimeo could be in play.
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Company Description
Yelp Inc operates local search website that connects people with local businesses. The Company provides local advertising, brand advertising, and other services.